Dogs love to explore, so why not make a day of it with the entire family by visiting one of the many dog-friendly outdoor markets in Gauteng? The markets provide an opportunity to browse, find unique gifts for family and friends, grab a bite to eat, listen to live music and just relax.
Pedigree Brand Manager, Ashleigh Sanderson, says taking dogs on an outing is a perfect way for owners and their canine friends to bond and spend some quality time together. “That’s why Dentastix has identified some of the top dog-friendly markets in and around Johannesburg and Pretoria. And, don’t forget to take along a bowl, some water and a few treats to keep doggie happy and hydrated.”
The Linden Market, Emmarentia
The Linden Market, which takes place once every quarter in the tranquil setting of Emmarentia’s Botanical Gardens, encourages locals to swap malls for markets, get some fresh and enjoy nature. It provides a platform for local artisans, musicians and entrepreneurs to showcase their skills, crafts and goods.
Sanderson says Pedigree regularly hosts the Community Led Animal Welfare (CLAW) programme and Benji + Moon Date-a-Dog initiative at the market. “This has been so successful that 39 puppies have found forever homes at the last four events.”
When: Quarterly, Sat 18 May (Autumn), Sat 13 July (Winter), Sat 28 September (Spring), Sat 30 November and Sun 1 December (Summer/X-mas market). Check our website to confirm, as the weather may compel us to change dates.
Where: Emmarentia Botanical Gardens
The Fields Market, Parkmore
Dogs are welcome at the open-air Fields Market located along the Braamfontein Spruit in Parkmore, as long as they kept on leashes and remain at their owners’ sides at all times. There is much for visitors to enjoy in a relaxed environment, including local handcrafted goods, a wide variety of food and beverages, and live music.
When: Every second Saturday of the month
Where: Field & Study Park, corner of 14th Street and Louise Avenue, Parkmore
Cowhouse Market, Pretoria East
The all-weather and pet-friendly Cowhouse Market offers numerous gourmet food and craft stalls, as well as a farm experience for children. Nestled on the fringe of Silverlakes, the market is an all weekend affair that visitors of the four- and two-legged variety can enjoy to the full. All dogs must be on leashes.
When: Every Saturday and Sunday, between 10h00 and 16h00
Where: Hazeldean Village, corner of Ridge Raid and Oukraal Boulevard, Hazeldean
Irene Village Market, Olifantsfontein
Only original art and crafts are available at the Irene Village Market Big Red Barn, which is located on the grounds of the Sunlawns Estate, overlooking vast grasslands and the Kaal River. The dog-friendly market also offers Acrobranch and Segway for the kids, a 20km to 30km mountain bike route and a 5km to 13km trail run for the more active amongst us.
When: Every first and last Saturday of the month, between 09h00 and 14h00
Where: Big Red Barn, 7 Nelson Road, Sunlawns, Olifanstfontein
The Stables Village Market, Chartwell
The Stables Village Market offers human and canine visitors a uniquely country experience in a converted stable setting. There is something for everyone, from delicious organic food, to numerous charming stalls offering beautifully crafted products.
When: First Friday of every month
Where: 3rd Road, Chartwell
Bryanston Organic and Natural Market, Bryanston
One of Johannesburg’s first outdoor markets, the Bryanston Organic and Natural Market is the place to go for fresh, wholesome food, creative goodies and plenty of fun for kiddies. Pooches are welcome too, as long as they are kept on their leashes, well controlled and they clean up after them.
When: Thursdays and Saturdays, 09h00 – 13h00
Where: 40 Culross Rd, Bryanston
Fourways Farmers Market, Fourways
This beautiful outdoor market is located on the original Fourways Farmstead. It boasts a pine-tree canopy, flower lined paths and a haybale picnic lawn. Specialty food and creatively crafted products make a visit to the market a day to remember for the whole family, including their furry friends.
The doggy rules include:
- Dogs must be kept on a leash.
- Dogs must be friendly with other dogs and children.
- Dogs must be with their owners at all times.
- Please clean up after your dog.
When: Sundays, 09h00 – 16h00
Where: C/O Monte Casino Blvd and William Nicol Dr, Fourways
Sanderson says the Fourways dog rules generally apply to all markets. “As long as dog-owners keep their socialised pets on a leash and clean up after them, everyone is happy and able to enjoy a great day out.”
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